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Three American political commentators do not see global warming as one of the defining issues for the upcoming presidential campaign. The next president will probably be chosen on the basis of personality and domestic issues unless there is a new terrorist attack before November 2008. The three journalists, Rick Burke (NY Times), Carroll Doherty (Pew… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

UK’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband [blog] will be calling today for zero-carbon cars by 2030 during a speech in Bruges, according to the Guardian. This is an ambitious target which is not likely to get much applause in car industry circles as the sector is fighting hard to prevent future EU laws that would force them… » read more

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There are a lot of moral problems linked to the issue of climate change. One of them shows itself clearly in a recent report published by international development agency Christian Aid. Its 19-pages “Truly Inconvenient” report looks at ways to “tackle poverty and climate change at once” and concludes that developed countries like the US and the EU… » read more

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Big news on the wires yesterday as Brazil’s Petrobras announced that it has discovered a new oil field, deep under the Atlantic Ocean, which could make it one of the world’s largest oil producers. Shares of Petrobras skyrocketed as some journalists and market watchers got carried away by the Brazialian government spin. Let’s do a little… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I was in London yesterday attending the launch of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2007 and I must admit that the report shocked me (because of its content) but also positively surprised me (because of the new “soft” realism of the IEA) The new Outlook states in cautious and, of course, more diplomatic… » read more

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Will America awake from its long climate sleep and become the new world leader for sustainable energy policies? It certainly looks like it judging from the fervour with which the Democrat presidential candidates are positioning themselves on this issue. The latest bold plans for a green US energy future come from Hillary Clinton and some… » read more

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A bit of a different story today. Yesterday I had to defend the new internet-based journalism in the “Stand up for journalism” debate organised by three journalists’ unions in Brussels. The discussion focused on the commercialisation of media and its negative impact on journalists’ jobs. Speakers and union leaders Aidan White (International Federation of Journalists IFJ) and… » read more

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Some good news for a start on Monday morning. BBC News reports that four out of five people would be willing to change their lifestyle and make “green sacrifices” to tackle global warming. The BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries also found that three-quarters would back energy taxes if they were sure the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In another post I have already pointed to the symbolic irony of calling the new recently approved EU Treaty the “Lisbon Treaty”. As Lisbon has become synonymous with the over-optimistic, neo-liberal “competitiveness first” drive (the “Lisbon agenda”) of the last two Commission Presidents, the LisbonTreaty will be no more and no less than the final conjugation… » read more

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The integrated energy-climate programme which the Merkel government is likely to approve in December could bring Germany 5 billion euros in energy savings. The 29-points package (“Eckpunkte für einintegriertes Energie- und Klimaprogramm“) was evaluated by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in a special study presented on 31 October 2007. With its climate plan the… » read more

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